March 18, 2020 Herb

As the coronavirus disease   (COVID 19) spreads across the nation, the Trump Administration announced yesterday that Medicare now provides telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive health care services from their physicians without ever having to leave their home to travel to a healthcare facility.  Beginning on March 6, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that oversees the Medicare program, will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country. “The Trump Administration is taking swift and bold action to give patients greater access to care through telehealth during…

March 10, 2020 Herb

Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy quickly moved to ramp up New Jersey’s preparedness to contain the spread of COVID-19.  As part of the state’s coordinated response to address the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Governor declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency, issuing Executive Order No. 103, to immediately ramp up New Jersey’s efforts across all 21 counties in New Jersey to allow state agencies and departments to respond to affected communities and recovering from COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “The State of New Jersey is committed to deploying…

March 5, 2020 Chelsey

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite!” March is National Nutrition Month! We encourage everyone to focus on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

March 4, 2020 Herb

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced that the Senate unanimously passed the Younger Onset Alzheimer’s disease Act today today as part of the Supporting Older Americans Act.  The legislation, introduced last year by the Republican Senator from Maine, with Sens. Collins, Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Doug Jones (D-AL). The bill would ensure the availability of certain programs and services for those with Alzheimer’s by allowing patients younger than age 60 to access them.  The bill has now been sent to the House for its consideration. Once passed it will be sent to the president to be signed…

February 26, 2020 Herb

Last month, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (A2431) to limit out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses for New Jersey families. The bill, which requires health insurers to provide plans that limit patient cost-sharing concerning prescription drug coverage, will improve affordability and access for those who require necessary medication. “Few issues have a greater financial impact on New Jersey families than the unpredictable and ever-increasing cost of prescription drugs,” said Governor Murphy in a Jan. 21 statement announcing the new law. “Cost-sharing too often presents a barrier to a patient’s ability to access medically-necessary treatments. This legislation will improve the affordability of medical care…

February 20, 2020 Herb

Researchers say that heart and brain health are connecting and that improving your cardiovascular health reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.  A recently released report, “The Brain-Heart Connection,” released by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), summarizes the strongest research on this topic and offers practical lifestyle tips people can take to protect their heart and brain health. Brain Health Photo Credit: National Institute on Aging The researchers noted that cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes, are known to be harmful to the brain. The more…